Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It’s one of our country’s most famous historic sites, and understandably so. During the first few days of July, 1863, one of the Civil War’s most important battles was fought here, at great loss of life. The Union won the Battle of Gettysburg, but if they hadn’t today’s world might look considerably different. Take trip back in time and visit – and stay – in Gettysburg, where virtually every field you walk upon was or was once a graveyard, and where virtually every church and public building was once a makeshift hospital. It’s a fascinating, sad, spooky and very sobering place to take in some remarkable history.
This hotel is a consistent award winner, part of which has to do with its remarkable location overlooking the Gettysburg Battlefield. You’ll be sleeping next to where General Lee had his headquarters, and only time will tell whether or not this will make you sleep better or worse! The hotel is actually just outside the actual town of Gettysburg, but the advantage to this is that, if you visit during peak tourist season, you won’t have to deal with all the hustle and bustle.. All rooms have been updated, and there are some nice perks: free admission to General Lee’s headquarters, a free continental breakfast, and you can get picked up for the Battlefield Tour directly at the hotel. Book as early as possible, this hotel fills up very quickly! Rates start around $115 for the spring season.
If you’re looking for a really nice hotel smack in the middle of Gettysburg, the Brickhouse Inn could do the trick. It’s a gorgeous, 1898 Victorian that has eight rooms for guests. Next door, the Welty House has five additional rooms; the Welty House took some bullets during the Battle, and you can still see the scars in the brick! All of the rooms at the Brickhouse have beautiful, original wood floors, cable tv and, in most rooms, there’s wireless Internet too. Rates are $139-$179 depending on whether or not you choose a suite with a private porch. Some rooms have claw-foot tubs! You can’t do much better than this if you’re planning a trip to Gettysburg National Park.
I would love to stay here the next time I visit Gettysburg! The Brafferton was built in 1786, which gives it enough of a “wow” factor to outweigh pretty much anything. In this case though, there’s not much to not love, it’s a great hotel. The Brafferton is Gettysburg’s oldest continually operating residence, and it’s located just a short walk from all of the quaint shops, stores and restaurants in downtown Gettysburg. You can choose from 18 rooms, 6 of which are suites. Rates are $115-$215 depending on the room.
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